Axiom Space to open "space hotel" that attaches to ISS
By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger
If you’ve ever looked to the stars and dreamed of leaving the planet for a while, your vision is one step closer to becoming a reality — as long as your bank account resembles Avogadro’s number, that is.
Futurism reports that plans are moving forward with Axiom Space to open a “space hotel” attached to the International Space Station, which will commercialize space travel for non-astronauts. The Axiom-ran space hotel concept is not light-years away, as the company plans to launch its first module by the end of 2024, followed by two more modules — one for habitation and one for manufacturing — over the course of the next year.
NASA will gravitate away from providing orbital services to depending more on private companies, as the ISS is expected to be retired sometime between 2024 and 2028. Upon retirement, the Axiom Space modules will detach and the company will continue to operate its own space station for the foreseeable future.
The startup envisions the hotel as a zero gravity-friendly “nest-like cabin” with “unobstructed views of Earth” and “high-bandwidth communications back to home,” according to the company’s website.
The travel and stay won’t be cheap, though. The New York Times reports the trip will be upwards of $50 million and likely reserved for the uber wealthiest bank accounts on Earth — no big deal, right?
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